Noise Phobic Program: From Fearful to Relaxed
Bang! Boom! Crash! Who cares?
Fear or panic during storms, fireworks, or other noises is something we want to help you change so your dog can relax.
Some dogs have extreme reactions to sounds.
Being startled by sudden noises is normal for all of us. But some dogs can’t settle back down and have extreme reactions and anxiety.
Those dogs may cower, pace, tremble, pant, vocalize, cling to their owners, and/or hide. Others will become frantic, even tearing out nails scratching to find a safe place.
It can be heartbreaking to watch this anxious or desperate dog. Noise aversion is a true panic disorder and it shouldn’t be ignored.
Your dog’s fear might be from storms (starting even before that first clap of thunder), fireworks, traffic or construction noise, household appliances, or any other sound in your dog’s world.
Noise aversion often becomes worse over time. This can result in severely suffering pets and compromised quality of life for the pet and the owner.
We’re here to help you and make your dog feel safer.
Now there is a course that can help your dog.
Noise aversion is a fearful or anxious response to sounds within the environment. It often becomes worse over time. This can result in dogs who are really suffering, as well as a compromised quality of life for both the pet and the owner. Make a real difference by learning how you can help your dog.
We want to help your dog feel safe and calm. This in-depth and thorough, science-based online program will help you do just that.
This course will take you step-by-step through short, easy to follow and informative video lessons and handouts. Learn at your own pace in the comfort of your home how to help change the quality of your dog’s life, and yours.
- How other stress in your dog’s life can increase noise anxiety and how to change that.
- How your dog learns and how your dog’s brain works. This affects why he gets scared and how you can change that.
- Understand the signs of this disorder and how the same signs can mimic other behavioral disorders.
- How early intervention is key.
- What will likely happen if the noise aversion goes untreated.
- Some quick fixes to help your scared dog fast.
- How to identify your dog’s triggers and avoid them.
- How changes to your dog’s environment can make a huge difference.
- How to use counterconditioning properly to help your change your dog’s emotional state from panic to calm.
- How to teach your dog coping skills like relaxation for use during noise events.
- How you should behave to help your dog calm down.
- Cool gadgets and other things that might help.
- The proper use of medications for the treatment of noise aversion. Please note, we will not be giving advice about specific medications.
Does this sound familiar?
You may have felt like some of these owners when your dog gets frightened. These are real quotes from owners just like you. We can help you solve these concerns.
- “I don’t want him to hurt himself, and I’m very concerned things are getting markedly worse.”
- “My poor little dog is a total horror over noises, especially storms. I tried stuff from the pet store and it does nothing.”
- “I got down on the floor with her, and she clawed me. She couldn’t get close enough. After the storm passed, she quaked for hours.”
- “Although my dog has always been sensitive to these noises, it’s getting worse in her old age.”
- “If she’s alone when a thunderstorm happens, she will tear apart the house looking for someplace ‘safe’.”
- “Some days I can barely walk him; he is so afraid of truck sounds and lawnmowers. When he sees the leash he hides.”
- “My dog has started pooping in the house because he’s afraid to go outside.”
- “I feel like a prisoner in my own home not being able to leave on stormy days. When I do leave I feel so stressed thinking about how my dog is suffering.”
Why take this course?
This course is for owners with dogs who become fearful or stressed due to environmental noises. It’s what sends dogs cowering under the couch when fireworks burst in the night sky or a car backfires. The dog is distressed by the noise and wants to get away. Fireworks, thunder and gun shots are obvious triggers for dogs with noise aversion, but a wide variety of environmental sounds can also be disturbing to dogs—children shrieking, loud TV noises, doors slamming, loud engine noises, and much more.
If your dog exhibits any of these behaviors in response to noise, you need this course: trembling or shaking; ears back and brow furrowed; abnormal clinginess; pacing or restlessness; excessive panting; hiding; cowering; refusing to eat; excessive vigilance; vocalizing (whining or barking at the sound; freezing or immobility; lip licking; yawning.
Some dogs may develop generalized anxiety and will refuse to walk outside at all. They may begin to eliminate in the house because of that. Or they won’t walk during the day and their owner has to take them out only when it’s dark.
Every dog will be different and every dog will recover from the noise trigger at different rates after the noise stops. These recovery periods include: immediately; within an hour; several hours; and a day or more.
While some dogs may inherit this trait, others may develop it. Usually, dogs who develop this trait do so because they had a bad experience associated with a loud noise, which in turn makes them fearful of loud noises. It is estimated that noise aversion affects one-third of dogs in the United States.
Now! This is a self-paced course. Watch the short, informative video lessons and then practice the skill taught. Take your time. Get help when you need it.
You will need a computer or laptop with a good internet connection. While not ideal, a smartphone can be used.
This complete course is $119. This includes all of the coursework, video lessons, informative handouts, techniques, and instructor access to change your dog’s behavior in a positive way.
You’ll get unlimited email access and generous phone consults with an expert instructor to keep you successfully moving forward. In addition, topical discussions about the lessons, complete the learning experience.
Think you might need extra help after the course ends (or special help during the course)? You are encouraged to pay for and schedule a virtual consult at a deeply discounted rate to meet “face-to-face” online with an instructor to answer any questions and troubleshoot any issues. Click All Courses at the top and then go to Coaching Help & Support to learn more.
The Dog Nerds’ instructors have the skill, experience, credentials, and patience to help you with your problems and questions. Included on the team are a board certified veterinary behaviorist and two certified professional trainers…Meet the team here.
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